JEFF LYNNE – Long Wave

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Nothing for years and then along comes a re-recorded best of E.L.O. and a solo album from Jeff Lynne on the same day.

“Long Wave” is titled in tribute to the old radio shows that Jeff listened to on long wave radio when he was young and the songs featured are recreations of some of his favourites that he remembers listening to.

The songs themselves range from the Charlie Chaplin penned “Smile” back in 1936 through to Dan Covay’s “Mercy Mercy” from 1964 (also covered by The Rolling Stones in 1965). The only anomaly comes in the form of Charles Aznavour’s “She” released in 1974 by which time Jeff was hard at work on E.L.O’s “Eldorado” album.

Jeff has lovingly re-imagined these old numbers and as expected his production cannot be faulted. My main problem is that all of the tracks sound extremely polite, there is no urgency in anything…in fact I could quite easy fall asleep listening to this. If you remember Robbie Williams’ “Swing When You’re Winning” release then this is very similar. “Beyond The Sea” as sung by Robbie in “Finding Nemo” is probably the most enjoyable number on here together with Chuck Berry’s “Let It Rock”.

Disappointing – too short at just under 28 minutes and frankly just boring…not my cup of tea…but maybe one for your Great Aunt’s tea party…

**½

Phil Berisford


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